Gold fever grips Florence, Idaho, in 1867. Another great gold rush and people have come from all over the world; ruthless men, scheming women and people on the run. Against this backdrop, Sun Lee Chaikov fights to save her home and her life, when her Russian-born father disappears and one of those ruthless men claims their property and her. She struggles to protect herself, her Chinese grandmother and an orphaned toddler she's taken in.
Captain Noah Stewart comes to Florence to find his sister and to face down his father and his past. A runaway in his youth, he's roamed the world for the past ten years as a sea captain. He arrives to find his sister dead and her boy being cared for by Sun Lee, a feisty almond-eyed beauty, who is in great danger, but who "doesn't need any help, thank you very much."
He's drawn to her and into a world of intrigue as they struggle to find out who killed his sister and what happened to her father. Their instant attraction ignites into wanton passion, pulling them together when logic threatens to tear them apart. As they search for answers, they discover a secret society, a past war, and an undercover trade more precious than gold. Noah must make his peace with his past and Sun Lee must learn to trust someone other than herself in order to claim this overwhelming love as they move in the Shadow of the Dragon.
An Awe-Struck Release
Connie Crow has always been a writer. Her first essay was published when she was young -- an essay protesting the demolition of a historic building, from the building’s point of view.
A true e-book pioneer, Connie's first book was published electronically in April of 1996, when most people had never heard of "e-books". She couldn't even read her own books electronically, because they came out only in PC format and she worked on a Macintosh. Remember those days?
She was a beta tester on the first e-book reading device, the Rocket-Book in 1998. Now e-readers abound at reasonable prices. Even grade schoolers are downloading their favorite books and libraries are lending readers full of e-books.
An Romance Writer's of America member, she applied for PAN ( Published Authors Network) membership in 1996. She became the first electronically published author to become a PAN member and set off the discussion within that organization over e-books that continues today. She's also a member of EPIC the Electronically Published Industry Coalition, an international e-book organization. Her book "Daughter of the Dragon" was a finalist in the world-wide EPIC contest in 2004. She is also a past officer of the Nebraska Writer's Guild, the state's oldest professional writer's organization.
Her six novels have been published in both e-book and print format and are now slated for conversion to audio books. She lives in Nebraska with her husband of nearly 50 years and a very spoiled Brittany who keeps her company while she writes. It's been a busy eighteen years.
"...good historical detail. Her research includes how sailors came to wear a gold hoop earing and why they grew their hair long. I had trouble putting it down."Deborah Brent -- Romantic Times magazine
"...a compelling story of good versus evil. With colorful characters such as: Ma Bei Ling, the match-making Asian grandmother, Daniel, a toddler whose favorite word is 'mine', and Sadie, the washed-out saloon harlot, you can't help but keep turning the pages. Alongside a plot that turns a ship's captain into an Idaho deputy, and sends women storming out of houses brandishing shotguns, who could do anything but love DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON. Connie Crow has outdone herself with a capital performance."Kerri Wall -- The Word on Romance
"...a mythical adventure in the ways of the old west where lawlessness reigns and friendships are everlasting. A book worth reading on a cold winter's night."Brenda Ramsbacher -- Scribblers
Cold gray streaks of sunlight snaked in across the cabin floor. Noah blinked awake. The rain had stopped. He froze, realizing he still had Sun Lee securely in his arms. The memory of the previous night's passion crashed into his consciousness.
"Good, Lord. What have you started?"
He looked at the beautiful face, serene in repose beside him. The memory of the fireball he'd held the night before seared into his mind. What a woman. He'd never made love like that before. And she evidently never had either. "Now what, mate? What are you going to say when she wakes up? A ship is no place for a woman, not even one this independent."
He eased his arm from beneath her head. He would have to wake her soon. They couldn't stay here. He glanced toward the door. Telltale marks on the floor caught his eye.
"What the...?" He eased out of bed, staring, frowning as he grabbed his clothes. Dressing quietly, he followed the marks. Bending down, he scraped up a flake of the brownish trace. "Sure looks like blood to me."
Two tracks, each one a little wider than his boot, ran from the middle of the room to the door. A glint from a crack in the floor demanded his attention. Reaching down, he dislodged a coin, a fairly shiny coin . "This hasn't been here long."
Straightening up, he shook his head, looking back at the tracks. Bits of conversation linked in his mind . "Poker game -- mine deed -- fight -- table upset."
If these were what he thought they were, Sun Lee needed to sleep a while longer. Easing the door open, he slipped outside and stared at the surrounding forest. "If I were dragging a body, where would I go to hide it?"